Stolen Heaven


1h 16m 1931

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 21, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6,832ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

When Joe follows Mary home one night, she takes him into her apartment even though he is a stranger, and discovers that he has a superficial wound. He confesses to her that he robbed the radio factory across the street after he was fired and was unable to get another job. The police come looking for Joe, but Mary takes pity on him and pretends that he is her sick brother. Because they are both worn down from a life of poverty, Joe and Mary make a pact to spend the stolen $20,000 living luxuriously and then commit suicide when the money runs out. Mary and Joe go to Palm Beach, Florida masquerading as a married couple and live as if they are wealthy. They fall in love over the course of the next two weeks, and during that time, they meet and befriend casino owner Steve. When they begin to run out of money, Mary is unable to face suicide and asks Steve to bet her last $1,000. Steve loses the money, but pretends that he won and gives Mary $5,000 out of his own pocket, in hopes of buying her love. Unaware of his ulterior motive and thrilled by the cash, Mary asks him to bet the $5,000. Again he pretends he won, and this time gives her $25,000, but when she tries to leave, he becomes amorous and forces himself on her. When he is unsuccessful, he reveals that the money is his. She apologizes for not realizing this, but nonetheless takes the money to her hotel room. There she finds Joe preparing to commit suicide. They plan to return $20,000 of Steve's money and put it in an envelope, but are interrupted by a policeman who arrests them for the robbery at the factory. They escape from him and rush to Steve's house, where the butler frees them of their handcuffs. Steve proves himself to be a true friend when he offers to take them safely away on his yacht. As planned, they wait at the beach, but when Steve arrives they have reconsidered and decide to turn themselves in. After returning the money to Steve, Joe is arrested and Mary vows to wait for him. Steve helps to shorten Joe's sentence by giving $20,000 to make up for the factory's loss.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 21, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
6,832ft (8 reels)

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Notes

The plot synopsis in the copyright records differs from the film's ending, in that "Mary" and "Joe" board "Steve's" yacht for Cuba, but undergo a change of heart and go to New York to turn themselves in. Some scenes were filmed on location at Rockaway Beach, NY. A pre-release news item in Film Daily noted that Paul Lukas was scheduled to appear in the film.